Currently, Ben is serving with the US Army in war-torn Iraq. The week before being
deployed, members of his unit gathered for an ecumenical worship service that concluded
with communion. He was surprised at the large number of people who attended the
service that day. At the regular services, less than twenty from his unit attended.
As the chaplain took the bread and broke it, he reminded them that Jesus' body was
broken on the behalf of all people, including each and every one of them. Then he held
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.